Essay portion to be optional under revised SAT college entrance exam
Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.Ah, yes. Let's not learn those pesky big words. Hard to spell and all, don't you know? Why not just do away with the SATs entirely and have "Everyone gets into college" day? And I love that there's no longer a penalty for guessing wrong. This is RIGHT AFTER the section where they tell you that they're changing the test to make it more like the real world.
Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.
Why, yes, there are no penalties for guessing wrong in the real world. Just ask President Gary Hart. Or the guy who thought that filling a damn dirigible with flippin' hydrogen was a swell and dandy way to cart people around. Or, say, General Custer deciding to leave the heavy machinery home. Or the Captain of the Titanic deciding that "full steam ahead" was a grand idea in a sea of icebergs...
What really chaps my ass, though, is this piece of regurgitated class warfare bullshit:
A longstanding criticism of the SAT is that students from wealthier households do better on the exam because they can afford expensive test preparation classes.Gee, a quick search around the internet reveals that you can take practice tests for free and even get free test prep as well. That's what I found in two minutes of searching in my spare time. I'm not a high school junior or senior preparing for one of the more important tests in my career. I suspect there are plenty of free tests out there for anyone who wants them. It's not the cost of the prep that makes the "students from wealthier households" do better; it's the fact that they know how important these tests are and prepare accordingly.
How long will it be before they start taking points away from the smart kids?
That is all.